SHAKIRA is an interesting diploid Italian ryegrass with an early heading date. It shows an excellent early spring growth. This is combined with a very high total annual yield and a very high first conservation cut. Remarkable is also its good health.

National listing/Official recommendation:

  • early heading yielder
  • excellent early spring growth
  • healthy variety


Ploidy diploid
Mature early
Ploidy diploid
Mature early
Total Annual Yields
1st harvest year (% of 18.53 t DM/ha)100
2nd harvest year (% of 14.47 t DM/ha)99
Total yield: mean (% of 16.53 t DM/ha)99
Year of sowing (% of 2.08 t DM/ha) 93
1st and 2nd cut ME yield, first harvest year (% of 121 000 MJ/ha) 101
Seasonal Growth (1st harvest year)
Early spring growth (% of 1.69 t DM/ha)101
Conservation management
1st conservation cut (% of 6.60 t DM/ha)103
1st conservation cut D-Value 71.3
2nd conservation cut (% of 4.20 t DM/ha)98
2nd conservation cut D-Value65.3
Monthly cuts ( % of 6.07 t DM/ha) 98
Agronomic characters
Ground cover% (1st harvest year)57
Ground cover% (2nd harvest year)49
Autumn ground cover (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)3.5
Winter hardiness (1-9, 1=poor 9=good) 6.9
Disease resistance
Ryegrass mosaic virus (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.2
Mildew (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.5
Brown Rust (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.1
Crown Rust (1-9, 1=poor 9=good)6.7

Source: AHDB Italian Ryegrass Diploid Varieties Recommended List 2021/2022

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